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Images of Eternity: Concepts of God in Five Religious Traditions Paperback – June 1, 1987

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd; First Edition edition (June 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232516863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232516869
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,815,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"fascinating reading" The Lecturer (Journal of NATFHE) "readers...will find it stimulating and thought-provoking" Buddhist Studies Review "Prof. Ward has made a useful contribution to a dialogue which continues to provide new insights for all concerned." Buddhist Studies Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Keith Ward is Regus Professor of Divinity at Oxford University and a Canon of Christ Church. Among his influential books are God, Chance and Necessity, his exploration of the compatibility of a scientific worldview and the existence of a creator God, which was published to widespread critical acclaim in 1996. Also published by Oneworld are Ward's God, Faith and the New Millennium and In Defence of the Soul. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nate Bostian on October 30, 2012
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Keith Ward's book "Concepts of God", which is also titled "Images of Eternity" when first published in the U.K., is a distillation of some of the key discussions in Ward's much larger four volume magnum opus on Comparative Theology (i.e. the academic discipline of comparing models of God across religions and across linguistic/cultural divides). This book takes a representative thinker/theologian/philosopher from each of the major world religions (Jnana and Bhakti Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity), who is considered "orthodox" within that religious tradition, and compares them with each other on key structural claims about the nature of "Ultimate Reality" or "God", which Ward tends to refer to as "The Transcendent".

Ward does two things simultaneously that are very difficult to do: On one hand, he allows each tradition to speak in its own voice without pressing them into a mold of pre-packaged politically correct "sameness". So, he allows genuine difference in the content presented by each religion. He does not pretend that all religions are simply "saying the same thing".

On the other hand, he presents a compelling case that each religion finds a way to deal with a common structure of religious experience. Ward shows how each religious tradition (including sub-traditions in each major tradition) all exhibit a six-fold "fiduciary structure" (i.e. a structure of "fides", or faith, in a Transcendent Reality). Each of the six elements in the fiduciary structure have a basic duality, or polarity, around which the element revolved.
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